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Friday, April 24, 2009

Tea Party Tax Protests .... The Small Business Person Perspective

The Tea Party Tax Protest movement of recent weeks has garnered plenty of media attention. Some .... like Fox news .... "Get It". Others ..... like MSNBC and CNN (Boooo!!) ..... unfortunately do NOT get it.

No matter your opinion, understanding, or level of support for the events and the movement .... no one can deny that a message was sent loud and clear. By thousands of everyday Americans like you and me (pay attention Congress ... that means VOTERS).

To discuss the events, keep up with what's next .... and connect with other Tea Party supporters .... I suggest you go to Tea Party

Why did thousands of Americans participate in these events (and likely will do so again in the future)?

Because our nation was founded on a set of principles that served us well for over 200 years. These principles made us the most powerful country in the world and most desirable to live in. I am greatly concerned our government is enamored with European principles of greater government power and control. These power hungry politicians are destroying what made us great -- our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, our freedom.

From my perspective as a small business owner, the tea party message is one I can relate to.

I think the tea party protests are as much or more about oppressive government than just merely taxes. People are getting fed up with the piles of regulations and restrictions .... on top of a tax burden higher than anyone can possibly justify.

Lincoln stated, (I paraphrase) "you cannot tear down the house of one man to build another". To the contrary .... The Obama Administration and sitting Congress have declared war on many of us ... hard working average Americana. Today .... the small business owner is being taxed and regulated to extinction.

Whether it was the family farm in the 1800's, Henry Ford at the turn of the last century, or Google at the turn of this Century ..... American small business owners have created much of the wealth and the middle class of this country. They have built the "homes" for much of America.

Now, this Government appears to be intent on tearing down their (the small business owner's) house to build the houses of those who did not have the creativity and the motivation to create their own wealth ...... or who have destroyed their and others wealth (e.g. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, AIG, etc.)

Excessive taxation of those who have worked hard and have not failed ..... so Government can provide free handouts to reward their friends and buy votes ..... is NOT the American dream.

I think the message is important, even though it will be muted by a hostile press.

The people who attend these tea parties are simply sick and tired of the looters in our society treating the productive earners as their own personal ATM machines, and we're not going to take it anymore. We're not going to let the government borrow money it doesn't have and create massive debt for our children and grandchildren .... just to fund expansionist government policies intended to grab ever larger segments of the economy from private producers. Then nationalize them under the yoke of a tyrannical majority which seems to have forgotten the values on which our country was founded.

The current administration is cowardly in that it does not implement policies that saddle the creators of this tax, spend, and borrow driven mess; us (current taxpayers and voters); with the cost of cleaning it up. The current administration seeks to kick the can down the road to our children and grandchildren. People they will not need to count on for votes.

Our parents were the greatest generation. We are clearly the worst.

The US has gone from being a nurturing environment for entrepeneurs and small business owners to a corrupt, centrally planned socialist bureaucracy.

I don't know who the legislatures are working for, but is isn't your 'every day' working American.

So I strongly believe the Tea Party Tax protest is right on the money .... literally. Basically .... "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore".

My opinion of the Tea Party tax protest movement is that it has great potential to draw serious, long-lasting attention to the waste, misrepresentation and theft perpetrated by the Federal Government. I think if enough people continue to participate, it could result in a fundamental restructuring of tax law and how federal spending priorities are adopted.

The likely outcome will be quite different of course .... The pessimist in me sees the movement being co-opted by the Republican party as an organizing tool for their bid to take back Congress in the next election. Once they've accomplished this, it will be business as usual, with them blaming the Democrats and Obama for any failure to institute true tax reform and a radical reduction in government's insatiable lust for money and control of every facet of our lives.

I think the basic concept of the Tea Party's is sound. I am especially interested in seeing a reduction in onerous, non-representative taxation and bureaucratic government waste. I think large corporate interests, represented by high-priced lobbyists in Washington, have too long controlled where our money is spent.

It has nothing to do with who is in the White House or what party you support, but everything to do with gov't taking and wasting our money. Your money. My money.

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